October 6, 2008 Every October, Hamilton hosts Fallcoming, a weekend where alumni flock back to campus to see old friends, attend meetings of the college, and to experience the variety of entertainment Hamilton plans for the two days. What do I love about Fallcoming? I get to interact with a diverse group of alumni who are interested in helping me create a life after college.
Yesterday morning, I went to a mentoring brunch held by Kirkland College alumnae. Kirkland College, you say? I thought this was Hamilton College! Let me give you some background:
In the 1960s Kirkland College was formed as an all women's college across the road from Hamilton. At the end of the 1970s, Kirkland merged with Hamilton to create a co-ed college. Kirkland alums are still active on campus and even serve on the Board of Trustees.
As I talked with these alums, I learned a few things...
1. You don't have to know what you want to do right after college! Many of these women took loops and twists and turns in their career paths to end up where they are now.
2. Alums want to see you succeed almost as much as you do. The Kirkland alums that I met have such immense school spirit. They want to see young women succeed and grow in the same place they did in the 1960s and '70s.
3. Even though Kirkland no longer exists, these women are protecting Kirkland history so it will never be forgotten.